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BLOG: Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2018

Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, performance, fit and finish and overall quality.... Read More »

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BLOG: Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2017

Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, transparent and hassle free. It also has benefits for dealers.... Read More »

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BLOG: Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2017

The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped in.... Read More »

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BLOG: Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2017

Didier Leroy showed the new face of a much more adventurous Toyota at the Tokyo auto show this week.... Read More »

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BLOG: Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2017

Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy showed a much bolder Toyota at the Tokyo auto show with comments on chasing volume to be the global No. 1 and on Tesla's business model... Read More »

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BLOG: Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2017

Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. Polestar's technology could make it a credible rival to the BMW i subbrand and Tesla.... Read More »

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BLOG: Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2017

Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. Polestar's technology could make it a credible rival to the BMW i subbrand and Tesla.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2017

Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years, which is in big contrast to rivals.... Read More »

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BLOG: Zetsche first CEO to fulfill oft-broken F1 promise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2017

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is the first CEO I know to fulfill a promise to transfer his company's F1 technology to a road-ready vehicle.... Read More »

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BLOG: Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2017

The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry.... Read More »

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Data from cars: Gold mine or land mine?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Does data generated by autonomous vehicles really provide carmakers with a “$1 trillion opportunity”?... Read More »

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BLOG: Data: Gold mine or land mine?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2017

Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech companies.... Read More »

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BLOG: Data: Gold mine or land mine?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2017

Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech companies such as Apple and Google. But while this information is valuable, it might not be the carmakers who profit.... Read More »

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BLOG: China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan sales.... Read More »

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Could Tavares cut one of PSA's brands?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

How will PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares manage to streamline his enlarged brand portfolio now that Citroen, Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall all compete in Europe's saturated volume car market?... Read More »

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BLOG: Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2017

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially those in Europe -- will have a powerful say in which powertrains will rule the road because they can dictate which types of vehicles will be allowed inside their metropolitan areas.... Read More »

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BLOG: Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

5:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) at first glance seems to have cost the French automaker a bit more than pre-deal expectations of just below 2 billion euros, but this is just an optical illusion.... Read More »

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BLOG: Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

5:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) at first glance seems to have cost the French automaker a bit more than pre-deal expectations of just below 2 billion euros, but this is just an optical illusion.... Read More »

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BLOG: BMW helps fill free time given by piloted cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2017

As autonomous driving becomes a hot topic, BMW provided a peek at the opportunities drivers will have when they don't have to worry about steering their car.... Read More »

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BLOG: Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. Gone are the days when the automaker was a one-dimensional company that relied too much on France and rose or fell based on demand for its Scenic minivan.... Read More »

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BLOG: The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2017

Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, according to a man who has direct contact with both.... Read More »

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BLOG: In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up certainly has aggressive communication.... Read More »

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BLOG: Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2017

I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car as soon as I can, but many others are skeptical. One reason is they want to be sure that the artificial intelligence in control of their vehicle knows exactly what’s happening on the road around the car.
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BLOG: Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2016

Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a $138 million bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing trophy.... Read More »

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BLOG: Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2016

Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a 110-million-pound bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing trophy.... Read More »

 
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VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis


5:30 am U.S. ET | June 20 2018

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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words ...
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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spi ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design featu ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, showed a ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgo ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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